Briefly: Phish @ Red Rocks, 7/30/09

Phish @ Red Rocks, 7/30/09

Last night was the first show that Phish has played at Red Rocks in 13 years, and the band opened the show right with “Divided Sky” before launching into a set of loose and well-played tunes from their repertoire. Here’s the setlist:

Set One: The Divided Sky, Ocelot, The Wedge, Poor Heart, The Moma Dance, Horn, Stash, The Horse > Silent in the Morning, Possum
Set Two: Mike’s Song > I Am Hydrogen > Weekapaug Groove, Ghost, Wolfman’s Brother, Limb By Limb, Billy Breathes, The Squirming Coil, David Bowie
Encore: Loving Cup

Now all of this was before I was shuffled out of the pit and back to my car to drop off my photo equipment, as it was the only way I was going to be allowed access to the rest of the show per the media contact on site that was helping the crew of photographers. After pushing this woman and asking her why the restrictions were so tight on the folks that were given photo passes, she let me know that the band requested that no pro-level equipment be allowed back in the seats. And supposedly I was only one of three that was let back into the venue on my media pass, which is great and all. I should be appreciative of a free ticket and the chance to shoot this band that I love so much, but I missed most of the first set and ultimately think that the restrictions from the band were 100% bullshit. Why is that? Well, the security was not patting anybody down and my friends made it in with pro-level equipment that the band would not want to see. Plus, making people bring equipment back to their car hardly prevented us from helping out the bootleg tapers in the room (or the folks working to provide a usable stream for the fans at home).

Call me the amateur in the room, but had I known that the band was going to go all Nazi about the coverage, I would not have volunteered to get a photo pass for the first night of the run. I’m now turning myself down for the other photo passes that I requested on the tour, because doing so would probably cause another clusterfuck of media smackdown for no reason whatsoever. And I’m making it clear that I personally thought this was a huge mistake by the band, but they must have some sense for what they’re doing. Or maybe they’re just setting restrictions to stop all the “big-ness” of the whole organization before. Regardless, I got screwed last night as a fan, not as some stuffy media outlet that wanted to shoot photos of the band. I’m half-tempted to just post every single blurry shot I got and then send it to the band and ask them if they got their money’s worth.

Oh well, can you tell I’m pissed? I just wish I would have known before going into it. Lesson learned. Thanks for not that much, Phish. See you in the lots tonight.

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  • http://nicholastolson.com Nicholas Tolson

    I’ll take those media passes. I also think you need a rep at Merriweather. :)

    • http://www.livemusicblog.com Justin

      Media passes for Phish apparently = teh sux.

      • http://nicholastolson.com Nicholas Tolson

        I gotta say, Justin, everything seems pretty par for the course for shooting a major act at a big venue.

        • http://www.livemusicblog.com Justin

          So you’re saying you get sent to your vehicle when you’re done shooting a band? That has never happened to me once and I’ve gotten more than a few photo passes here and there. I still call bullshit on it, especially considering this band should know better than trying to “control” their message. Fans are friggin’ broadcasting the shows from their iPhones, and it’s the media credentialed folks that got screwed in that deal. Every other photographer in the pit was visibly pissed when learning the news.

          • http://nicholastolson.com Nicholas Tolson

            I’d say it’s pretty common that photo passes don’t get you a ticket to the show, per se. That is, it’s just for shooting. It’s usually more up to how strict the venue is as to whether they will let you walk around and take pictures after your pit time is up.

            Plus, C Taylor Crothers has got to get his shots without running into the likes of you and me. ;)

  • http://nicholastolson.com Nicholas Tolson

    I’ll take those media passes. I also think you need a rep at Merriweather. :)

    • http://www.livemusicblog.com Justin

      Media passes for Phish apparently = teh sux.

      • http://nicholastolson.com Nicholas Tolson

        I gotta say, Justin, everything seems pretty par for the course for shooting a major act at a big venue.

        • http://www.livemusicblog.com Justin

          So you’re saying you get sent to your vehicle when you’re done shooting a band? That has never happened to me once and I’ve gotten more than a few photo passes here and there. I still call bullshit on it, especially considering this band should know better than trying to “control” their message. Fans are friggin’ broadcasting the shows from their iPhones, and it’s the media credentialed folks that got screwed in that deal. Every other photographer in the pit was visibly pissed when learning the news.

          • http://nicholastolson.com Nicholas Tolson

            I’d say it’s pretty common that photo passes don’t get you a ticket to the show, per se. That is, it’s just for shooting. It’s usually more up to how strict the venue is as to whether they will let you walk around and take pictures after your pit time is up.

            Plus, C Taylor Crothers has got to get his shots without running into the likes of you and me. ;)

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  • http://phishandthedead.blogspot.com/ sam martin

    Phish’s 3rd night at red rocks another keeper!!!!!!!
    The Show was eclectic. The Set-list was epic and spread from the Gamehendge songs all the way to new songs such as the broken heart love ditty, Alaska. After opening with an over played AC/DC bag they went into a spacey The Curtain With, and then Mound! High Points had to be Antelope, ending the first set and then the entire second set….

    http://phishandthedead.blogspot.com/2009/08/phishs-third-night-august-1st-at-red.html

    Sammy

  • http://phishandthedead.blogspot.com/ sam martin

    Phish’s 3rd night at red rocks another keeper!!!!!!!
    The Show was eclectic. The Set-list was epic and spread from the Gamehendge songs all the way to new songs such as the broken heart love ditty, Alaska. After opening with an over played AC/DC bag they went into a spacey The Curtain With, and then Mound! High Points had to be Antelope, ending the first set and then the entire second set….

    http://phishandthedead.blogspot.com/2009/08/phishs-third-night-august-1st-at-red.html

    Sammy

  • hipster resistance

    @ sammy he phish and dead blog is kind of weird but has potential. maybe getting rid of all the nasty ads would be a good way to start off

    • http://phishandthedead.blogspot.com/ Sammy Martin

      @ hipster resistance- thanks for the feedback. love the kinda weird. that is what i am. what ads are nasty. i am curious, what was the turn off- i have 2 ads throughout the entire blog. and though im not nearly as recognized as established blogs as LMB, i have had the site for 2 years and have media credentials…but seriously. i want the input, just tell me what turned you off about the ads.
      thanks
      sammy

  • hipster resistance

    @ sammy he phish and dead blog is kind of weird but has potential. maybe getting rid of all the nasty ads would be a good way to start off

    • http://phishandthedead.blogspot.com/ Sammy Martin

      @ hipster resistance- thanks for the feedback. love the kinda weird. that is what i am. what ads are nasty. i am curious, what was the turn off- i have 2 ads throughout the entire blog. and though im not nearly as recognized as established blogs as LMB, i have had the site for 2 years and have media credentials…but seriously. i want the input, just tell me what turned you off about the ads.
      thanks
      sammy

      • http:///www.musicandartblog.com alexb

        leaving a comment on your blog, maybe that was kind of mean, but ill tell you what i thought

  • hipster resistance

    aaah photo pass drama! it is a pain in the ass. phish is getting older and as bands get older (allman brothers) they seem to get more tight with VIP and photopass type of behavior. that’s awesome that LMB gets recognized as being a leading industry news source. it totally is one of the top 5 improv rock related outlets. i love hearing about this stuff, cause people that volunteer their time to support the scene like this feel passionately about this stuff!

  • hipster resistance

    aaah photo pass drama! it is a pain in the ass. phish is getting older and as bands get older (allman brothers) they seem to get more tight with VIP and photopass type of behavior. that’s awesome that LMB gets recognized as being a leading industry news source. it totally is one of the top 5 improv rock related outlets. i love hearing about this stuff, cause people that volunteer their time to support the scene like this feel passionately about this stuff!